Texas Politics Bundle
with Lone Star Tarnished
By Cal Jillson
Routledge – 2013 – 320 pages
This is a bundled package of Texas Politics, 4th edition and Lone Star Tarnished.
The fourth edition of Texas Politics is now expanded to better fit the needs of a standalone Texas Politics course. Jillson continues to approach the politics of the Lone Star State from historical, developmental, and analytical perspectives, while giving students the most even-handed, readable, and engaging description of Texas politics available today. Throughout the book students are encouraged to connect the origins and development of government and politics in Texas--from the Texas Constitution, to party competition, to the role and powers of the Governor--to its current day practice and the alternatives possible through change and reform. This text helps instructors prepare their students to master the origin and development of the Texas Constitution, the structure and powers of state and local government in Texas, how Texas fits into the U.S. federal system, as well as political participation, the electoral process, and public policy in Texas.
Lone Star Tarnished approaches public policy in the nation’s most populous "red state" from historical, comparative, and critical perspectives. The historical perspective provides the scope for asking how various policy domains have developed in Texas history, regularly reaching back to the state’s founding and with substantial data for the period 1950 to the present. In each chapter, Cal Jillson compares Texas public policy choices and results with those of other states and the United States in general. Finally, the critical perspective allows us to question the balance of benefits and costs attendant to what is often referred to as "the Texas way" or "the Texas model."
Texas Politics: 1. Texas and the Texans: Then and Now. 2. The Texas Constitution and American Federalism. 3. Political Participation in Texas: Voters, Campaigns, and Elections. 4. Interest Groups in Texas. 5. Political Parties in Texas. 6. The Texas Legislature. 7. The Governor and the Executive Branch. 8. The Judicial System in Texas. 9. Local Government in Texas. 10. Financing State Government: Budgets, Revenues, and Expenses. Appendix A: William Barrett Travis’s Letter from the Alamo. Appendix B: The Texas Declaration of Independence. Appendix C: The Texas Constitution (Selections)
Lone Star Tarnished: Part I: The Great State of Texas? 1. The Texas Way 2. Texas: The Myth vs. The Reality 3. Demographic Change and Its Implications Part II: The Reality Thus Far 4. Jobs, Income, and Wealth in Texas 5. Public Education in Texas 6. Health and Human Services in Texas 7. Crime and Punishment in Texas 8. Good Roads, Highways, and Transportation in Texas 9. Energy and the Environment in Texas Part III: The Coming Reality 10. The Way Forward